Intimate. Atmospheric. Get Cape grown up.
‘Amazing Grace’ is not the first album released as Sam Duckworth, but it is the first album Sam Duckworth has released since bidding farewell to Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. A change of name usually signifies a change of musical direction, I don’t think what we hear on ‘Amazing Grace’ is too much of a departure from the Get Cape sound rather a more grown up, folksier side to Duckworth that he maybe felt unable to express whilst performing under the Get Cape name that we have come to associate with a certain sound and period in time. Perhaps the name has been a barrier to success as despite releasing four albums as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Sam Duckworth’s reach has been fairly limited in the mainstream.
‘Amazing Grace’ features over 40 musicians, but doesn’t feel over worked or over thought. As much as the guest performances contribute a certain fullness to the songs, this album very much feels like a solo project. I imagine each song to have been written and then recorded within the space of a few days, without too much fussing over notes and chords but rather trying to capture the feeling in the moment and doing so perfectly. It’s not that ‘Amazing Grace’ feels undone, but effortless.
‘El Loco’ open’s the record, with an amplifier crackle and finger picked guitar the scene and my expectations are set, folky, atmospheric. The addition of a female voice, provided by Kate Nash, rounds the song out beautifully. Just under four minutes into the first track we are presented with sound bites from a children’s book interspersed with dream like music, telling us to not expect an album of pretty acoustic songs but something a little different and unpredicted.
A visual and audio masterpiece. Limited edition splatter vinyl 'Amazing Grace'.